People love cicada art possibly more than they love cicadas (my social media posts about cicada art get more views than photos of cicadas).
Here’s Vincent van Gogh’s Three Cicadas. It’s an ink & paper sketch and study. He created it in 1889, in Saint-rémy-de-provence, France. If you want to see it IRL, it’s at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
I’d like to, but I can’t think of something clever to say about the fact that cicadas sing, and van Gogh removed his left ear.
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Halloween is almost here, and so I created something special for that time of year: a poster of cicadas with pronotal collars that look like Dracula’s collar — or at least Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. Or maybe Dr. Strange?
Download the large 1.4MB version.
The image features the cicada’s species name and where it can be found. To save space, I went with the continent(s) in when the cicada is found in multiple nations or continents.
The images of cicadas come from the Genera Insectorum 1913, Genera Insectorum 1914, and Insecta. Rhynchota. Hemiptera-Homoptera. Vol. I (1881-1905). Old but classic and important documents with plenty of awesome cicada illustrations.
This page collects most of the fun stuff on the site. Everything on the site is fun, but these are fun on purpose.
Arts and Crafts
A PDF of cicada images you can download for coloring (PDF 1MB)
What it looks like:
Another PDF of cicada images to color, cut out or otherwise repurpose for fun and enjoyment. (PDF file 3.3MB).
What it looks like:
Cicada Cursors if you like to customize your PC (Windows). Unfortunately, it’s one of those things that only works on Windows.
Technically you can use CSS to make them appear on desktop web pages as well.
Six Cicada Experiments you can perform.
Use the Periodical Cicada Emergence Checklist to track your enjoyment of a periodical cicada emergence.
Keep Calm – They’re Only 17-Year Cicadas Meme.
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Brood X emerged in 2004, around the same time the iPod silhouette commercials were popular:
People worry if cicadas are safe to eat, especially for pets.
Do you have a cicada sipping on the root of your Xmas tree?
I remember the first time I became aware of Australian cicadas. I made this image. (Cicadas are not marsupials)
People worry if cicadas will spoil their weddings. This is an image of a cicada bride.
Cicadas on a Plane. There wasn’t much cicada news going on when I made this…
My minions helping to write the blog:
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Today I took a fresh look at the 3301 Cicada image. In the past I thought it was a composition of multiple cicadas — and it still might be — but I now think it’s primarily a Distantalna splendida formerly Tosena splendida, a cicada found in southern Asia (China, India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.). Distortions caused by embossing — or whatever filters they used — makes identifying the cicada difficult.
Here’s my comparison of the wings.
I will probably do a comparison of the body and head at some point.
Here’s a photo of this Splendid cicada:
Specimens vary in appearance (size, wing patterns) from individual to individual — they all look similar, but they’re not exact matches. The process of spreading a specimen’s wings and preserving it can also alter its appearance, and introduce unnatural changes to the insect’s morphology.
Distantalna splendida are easy to find on eBay or taxidermy shops if you’re interested, although they’re often mislabeled using their former name Tosena splendida, or something totally different.
Here’s an illustration from A Monograph of Oriental Cicadas by W. L. Distant. 1889-1892. Read it on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website:
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I’ve made Christmas lights, in the past, from plastic cicada whistles from Australia.
This year I tried something new and used real cicada exuvia (skins/shells) and LED “fairie lights”, which seem to run cool enough that they won’t be a hazard to the fragile skins. They look pretty. I’m still in the testing phase, but the results so far look promising.